Spring Festivals, Fairs, and Carnivals in April for NYC Kids

Sakura Matsuri, Brooklyn Botanic Garden's annual cherry blossom festival, celebrates Japanese culture with a rich program of events. Photo courtesy of BBG
Sakura Matsuri, Brooklyn Botanic Garden's annual cherry blossom festival, celebrates Japanese culture with a rich program of events. Photo courtesy of BBG

New York City's spring outdoor festival season kicks off this April with more than a dozen fun and mostly FREE fairs, festivals, parades, and carnivals. Of course, it helps that April not only brings showers - it also brings Easter, Earth Day and Arbor Day! Some annual Mommy Poppins favorites take place too, including Car-Free Earth Day, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Cherry Blossom Festival, the Queens County Farm Museum's Children's Carnival, and Staten Island's St. George Day celebration.

These events aren't just fun, they also foster community spirit by bringing folks together. Many fairs include old-fashioned games, eco-activities, homemade treats, and live performances. Here's your guide to the awesome NYC fairs, carnivals, and festivals happening for families this April.

Click through to our listings for all the details, including address, time, and recommended ages.

Places featured in this article:


Queens County Farm Museum

Queens Botanical Garden

Queens Botanical Garden
Toy and Book Swap, and Rites of Spring Performance
Old Stone House (outside) - 10:00 AM Pick
Analog City: New York B.C. (Before Computers) Opening Weekend
Museum of the City of New York - 10:00 AM Pick
Mamapalooza Festival
Pier I, Riverside Park South - 12:00 PM Pick
Family Fun Fest at Atlantic Terminal Mall
Atlantic Terminal Mall - 12:00 PM Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides